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Human Spirit, Olympic Spirit

Watching the Olympics last evening, I was struck by the ups and downs of spirit demonstrated by some athletes.

     The CBS announcers made a big deal of the fact that Colorado swimmer Missy Franklin had to swim a 200-meter freestyle semi-final and ten minutes later had to compete in the 100-meter backstroke final.  Also they emphasized that she was facing powerful competition in the 100-meter backstroke race from Seebohm of Australia.

     Missy got permission to spend her 10-minute break in the divers' recovery pool in order to maximize her rest time between swims.  Throughout the actual competition, Missy was not out front, though she was not behind.  Then, at the very end, she suddenly surged ahead and not only won, but set an American record.

     So in spite of all the worries about extra swimming and little rest time, Missy had tremendous spirit, smiled through the whole ordeal, and triumphed.

     Meanwhile, on the same evening, the US men's gymnastic team started out well, had a slip, and then couldn't stop messing up what they had previously excelled at.  It was as if the first few little fumbles snowballed into dire missteps.  As if the entire team felt and then acted cursed; the spirit went out of them.

     What a fascinating, mysterious Olympic evening!



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